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Month: June 2011

Race Report: Assateague Assault

Race Report: Assateague Assault

This past weekend, I competed in the Assateague Assault Sprint Triathlon with a 1/2 mile swim, 13 mile bike, and 5k run.  In some ways, this race was better than TriRock, but in other ways, not so much. I arrived at the Assateague State Park […]

Garden Update

Garden Update

Summer is just about here and our little balcony garden is really getting in to full swing. The heirloom tomatoes that we planted from seeds are starting to produce fruit. I have another cherry tomato plant that we bought a week or two ago. It’s […]

Too Many Passwords

Too Many Passwords

There has been a lot of discussion about passwords lately.  Sony was recently hacked, CitiBank recently had an intrusion, and the list goes on and on.  The really hardcore computer security people will tell you to 1) Use different password for every account that you have, 2) Use different security questions for every account that you have, and 3) use a strong password for all of your accounts.  But that’s really hard.

Recently I’ve been trying out a program called 1Password.  It’s a password management application.  There are others such as KeePass and LastPass, but I chose 1Password for a few reasons.  First of all, unlike LastPass, your password data is stored on your computer (LastPass stores it on their servers, which by the way, recently got hacked). Second of all, 1Password supports a lot of different platforms including MacOS, Windows, iOS, and Android.  So there is a lot of portability.  1Password can also sync your password database between devices (using another service called Dropbox).

So far 1Password seems to work pretty well.  You set up a master password that unlocks your encrypted password database and it has plugins for all the major web browsers.  Any time you visit a site, you click the 1Password Fill button, and it prompts you for your master password (which locks after a sleep period) and fills in your username and password for you.  All the data is encrypted, so even if someone got access to your password file, they probably can’t read it (I say probably because they would either have to know your master password or brute force guess it).  It also has a password generator feature which will allow you to generate really secure passwords for every account that you have.

So I’m not sure yet if I’ll keep using 1Password for all of my accounts, but I think it’s a good idea for the important stuff like my bank accounts.  I also like that I can sync it with my iPhone, so I think that will help me use it more. What do you think?  What tools do you use to manage the ever growing number of accounts you have?

WWDC

WWDC

It’s Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) time again and there’s lots of tasty Apple goodness even though there’s no iPhone 5.  Traditionally, WWDC is Apple’s chance to show Developer’s what new features are coming in the next version of Mac OS X.  But the […]

Spring Pizza

Spring Pizza

Pizzas are a good way to make use of pretty much any fresh seasonal veggies you have. This week we made one with portabello mushrooms from our CSA, some spinach from the farmer’s market, some canned roasted red peppers and ricotta cheese. Goat cheese would be really good on this pizza too, if you have it. We make the dough in our bread machine (make a few dough balls at once and then stick them in the freezer until you need them).

Spring Pizza
Spring Pizza